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A Quest for Joy, Meaning & Purpose

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2020

"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”  ~Michelangelo, Renaissance sculptor/painter who spent 4 years lying on his back painting Sistine Chapel ceiling

Behind every great achievement are stories of practice, training, discipline and sacrifice.

While ‘excellence' may require commitment, dedication and a sense of purpose, it doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or difficult. Often it’s as simple as having the right tools and knowing how and when to use them.  

The Virtues Cards are one of these tools. With regular use, the app allows you to tap into the universal virtues identified in the world’s wisdom and sacred traditions and boost your personal clarity and confidence.

There are many ways to use the Virtues Cards in your daily life.

  • guide you in decision making,
  • heal a relationship,
  • teach your children,
  • or simply provide a positive focus for the day. 

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A Clear Path - 20/20 in 2020

Uncategorized Jan 07, 2020

Having 20/20 vision means you have normal visual clarity and sharpness. In other words, it means you can clearly see at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance.  So how can we bring ‘20/20 vision’ to 2020 and make the upcoming decade extraordinary?

Well, perhaps start with Idealism.

As the first few lines of the Idealism card say, "Idealism is having a vision of what is possible and wanting to make a difference. It is caring passionately about what is meaningful in life. Idealists see things as they could be and have faith in the power of change. We put our principles into practice.”


If there ever were a time to be idealistic, it is now. What is most important and meaningful for you in your life? What do you envision is possible this month, this year, or this decade? Finally, what difference(s) are you passionate about making?

Some people may think that idealism is only a mindset, but true idealists make change happen. For vision...

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2019 - A Year in Review

virtues matter Dec 23, 2019

A desire to have a life of ‘joy, meaning and purpose’ is a universal component of the human experience.  It is the foundation for cultures, ages, genders and religions worldwide.

It’s why Dara started ‘The Heart of Education’ in 2006 (with book of same name) to transform our schools and the systems that support them into environments that embrace the love of learning and help to develop the whole child.

Dave also comes from a place of purpose with a career built around entrepreneurship, economic & community development, and sustainability.  

On January 1, 2019 we united and launched Virtues Matter, a mission-based business in partnership with The Virtues Project. with the basic premise - if people develop their virtues, all else will follow.

2019 was a busy year with many teachable moments.  Some of our  highlights are listed below. 

We are grateful for the generosity of support from all our friends, advisors, partners and...

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Serving the world

virtues project Nov 14, 2019

What do the United Nations, the Dalai Lama, and Oprah Winfrey all have in common? Alright, obviously they have a lot in common but, in addition to being universally regarded for positively impacting humanity, they have all endorsed The Virtues Project!

The Virtues Project™ is a global grassroots initiative that began in 1991 to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life, sparking a global revolution of kindness, justice, and integrity in more than 120 countries. Facilitators, Master Facilitators, Champions and Virtues Connections help to empower individuals to live more authentic meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring, and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence, ethics and appreciation in the work place.

The Dalai Lama wrote, “I fully support The Virtues Project which promotes such universal values as love, kindness, justice and service. May you be successful in...

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What makes a good leader?

leadership Oct 11, 2019

Think of someone you admire as a leader. What characteristics sets them apart and what word(s) would you use to describe them?

Now ask yourself,”How many of these qualities do I possess? Are there some I would like to strengthen?"

At some point in your career (or family or community), you likely will take on a leadership role. Great leaders inspire political movements and social change. They also motivate others to perform, create, and innovate. Leadership is most simply understood as the process of one person getting other people to do something. Whether you’re leading a meeting, a project or a team, you will need to develop an approach based on factors like experience and personality that meets the unique needs of your team and its culture.

So, is there a style that is most effective for leadership? Leadership style refers to characteristic behaviors when directing, motivating, guiding, and managing groups of people. I won’t cover this in detail but familiar ...

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A Life of Purpose

Would you like a world with more kindness, caring, justice, peacefulness and unity?

What if we could cultivate a culture of integrity, courage, empathy and gratitude in our daily lives?

As a family, it’s something we talk about a lot. Recently, we decided to take a bold step and unite not just as a couple but also in business.  Expanding on our combined experience in education, sustainability and leadership, we launched Virtues Matter in January, 2019 to empower individuals to live by their highest values and help teams enhance trust, unity, and performance. Our programs are based on the seminal work of The Virtues Project, a global movement that has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama and honored by the United Nations,

In September, we facilitated two different workshops that provide valuable life-skills and practices that transform lives, both personally and professionally.  

At A Pace of Grace, we shared strategies to help people sustain a life...

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A new lens, a new language

What does good leadership look like during these exceptional times?
Our partner and friend, Toby Newstead, asked that very same question.
After participating in the two-day, "Virtues @ Work: The Virtues Project" - facilitated by Dara Feldman in 2017 - Toby wrote her PhD thesis on this program as a best practice for leaders to do good for themselves, their followers, organizations, and communities.
Her conclusion. "At the root of good leadership is character, and character is composed of virtues.  Virtues such as courage, wisdom, resilience, forgiveness, kindness, justice, integrity and honesty are the essence of character."
Her results analysis is why we chose the following 3-minute video as our inaugural blog post.
As you watch, think about your leadership/parenting style and what it feels like when someone sees and acknowledges the very best in you.

Testimonial - Toby Newstead
"Dara traveled halfway around the world to...
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